Be The One ... to Mentor
The Be the One Mentoring Coalition is a collaborative effort
to promote mentoring of youth in Thurston and Mason Counties.
The Coalition is a group of agencies who are united in an effort
to recruit and support volunteers, raise awareness about the
need for mentors, and to convey the benefits that mentoring
programs provide to the community.
What is a Mentor?
A mentor is a caring, adult friend who devotes time to a
young person with a commitment to provide guidance and support
for the mentee to develop their fullest potential based on their
vision for the future.
Adolescents is a time of risk and
opportunity. During the critical transition to adulthood, youth
are learning skills, attitudes, and behaviors that will affect
their lifelong ability to lead productive and healthy lives.
Many adolescents have negative feelings about themselves, have
poor performance in school, problems at home, and frequently
engage in risk-taking behaviors.
Whether in formal, structured
mentoring programs or in relationships formed through informal
family, church, or neighborhood connections, mentors are
helping youth overcome these problems and be successful.
Typical results include:
- Improved school achievement
- Increase in self-esteem
- Decrease in discipline referrals
- Increase in securing entry-level jobs
- Increased graduation rates
- Increased school attendance
- Decrease in early pregnancy rates
- Increase in
community service activities
Impact of Mentoring
The Commonwealth Fund's survey (McLearn,
Colasanto, and Schoen, 1998) reported the following:
- 62% of students improved their
- 52% of students skipped less school
- 48% of students improved their grades
- 49% of students got into less trouble
- 47% of students got into less trouble
out of school
- 45% of students reduced their substance
- 35% of students improved family
In addition to the benefits that youth
receive, 97% of those surveyed say their experience was
somewhat or very positive; 83% say they learned or gained
something through the experience.
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More than 200,000 Washington
children could benefit from having a caring adult in their life.
Source: Washington State Mentors
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